I was first introduced to the music of Astor Piazzolla on a trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina, back in 2005. Almost instantly, I realized that I had stumbled upon something incredibly powerful. Filled with melancholy, and while rooted firmly in the traditional Argentine tango genre, Piazzolla’s work is at the same time intensely influenced by North-American jazz and modern classical music. As with Frank Zappa, Astor Piazzolla’s music defies categorization.
But don’t take my word for it. To follow are some of my favorite Piazzolla tracks. There are close to no Piazzolla “field recordings”, so the tracks you’re about to hear have admittedly been culled from a variety of official releases.
[audio:SBN_20110327_01 Primavera portena.mp3]
[audio:SBN_20110327_02 Divertimento 9.mp3]
En Las Sombras
[audio:SBN_20110327_03 En las sombras.mp3]
[audio:SBN_20110327_04 Loca Bohemia.mp3]
Buenos Aires Hora Cero
[audio:SBN_20110327_05 Buenos Aires Hora Cero.mp3]
[audio:SBN_20110327_06 Verano Porteno.mp3]
[audio:SBN_20110327_07 Fuga 9.mp3]
[audio:SBN_20110327_08 Deus Xango.mp3]
Aire de Buenos Aires
[audio:SBN_20110327_09 Aire De Buenos Aires.mp3]
[audio:SBN_20110327_10 Mi refugio.mp3]